Air Quality

There are minimal impacts to air quality given limited fire growth over the past day, wind dispersion, and possible precipitation expected today/tomorrow.

 A community meeting will held today at 7 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Fire Station #363 at 675 Giulio Cesare Ave. in Sierra Vista.

On Thursday, hotshot crews completed a direct handline around the perimeter of the fire with 25% containment completed along the southwest flank. Helicopters continued to provide fire suppression support for the firefighters.

The Slide Fire has created smoke in surrounding communities.  The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is providing a daily air quality report.

Similar day to day weather pattern is expected through this week with breezy southwesterly winds for the afternoons followed by typical downslope winds developing during the overnight and early morning hours.

Crews will continue to monitor the Slide Fire area throughout today and additional helicopter work may be necessary.

Other internal areas of unburned fuel may continue to smolder, producing light smoke. Crews on all area of the fire perimeter will continue rehabilitation efforts.

Within the controlled fire perimeter, areas of unburned fuel produced a small flare up Sunday afternoon near Junipine Resort. Helicopters were used for water bucket drops on the steep and rugged canyon walls in this area.

No new fire spread is expected outside the existing fire perimeter.

The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, predominantly on the west side of the canyon.
 
Tuesday crews were able to complete burnout operations for the remaining perimeter. Today crews continue to improve the west and south boundary lines and continue to mop-up and patrol the east and north sides of the fire. Weather conditions are expected to be hot and dry with increasing winds today.
 

Fire crews continue to hold the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon.

Burnout operations have been conducted south of FSR 535 to create a larger fire break north east of the fire. Hotshot crews are also working to create fire line across the Pump House Wash near the 89A ‘switchbacks’ to control the east flank and prevent further spread east.

Winds have become lighter today, with temperatures in the low 70s. As the day continues to warm, firefighters expect increased fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point.

Smoke from the Slide Fire located south of Flagstaff in Oak Creek Canyon continues to affect several communities in Northern Arizona.

Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases and water vapor. The primary health concern is the small particles. Not everyone who is exposed to smoke will have health problems.  Many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke. These factors include the level, extent, and duration of exposure, age, and individual susceptibility.

As of 3:00 a.m. this morning Sedona has experienced "Very Unhealthy" air quality. For more information on air quality go to www.YavapaiHealth.com

Anyone who can see, taste or smell smoke should limit outdoor activity. People with heart disease, lung disease or asthma should avoid the outdoors entirely, as should children and the elderly. 

Typical symptoms of exposure to smoke include burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, dizziness and nausea.  If you start to feel sick or faint contact your doctor immediately.

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